Dustin Lance Black discusses his artistic choices, fact, fiction, LDS history, and his own departure from the Utah-based church.
For two months, the FX/Hulu series “Under the Banner of Heaven” has sparked compelling conversations among members, former members and non-members about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Like author Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book of the same name, the series chronicles the murders of Latter-day Saint mother Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month-old daughter Erica by brothers-in-law Ron and Dan Lafferty.
It also includes flashbacks to violent episodes in early Mormon history and a fictional Latter-day Saint detective – played by actor Andrew Garfield – who embarks on his own journey of faith as he uncovers troubling aspects of his religion while investigating the horrific crimes .
The writer-producer who has pulled all of this together is Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Milk in 2009 and co-wrote HBO’s Big Love.
Now that the final episode of “Under the Banner” has aired, Black talks about the project, his artistic choices, the praise and criticism he’s received, and what viewers – Latter-day Saints and others – made of the show should take away.
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